Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 72.
His agent that he had died in hospital near Falkirk in Scotland on Friday Oct. 14.
In a statement, his agent called Coltrane a “unique talent”, writing that his role as Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world,” according to the BBC.
Coltrane was also known for his roles in the James Bond movies “Goldeneye” and “The World Is Not Enough”, as well as the British detective drama “Cracker”.
He won three consecutive BAFTA best actor prizes for “Cracker,” a record he shares with Irish actor Michael Gambon, his co-star who played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.
He was made an OBE in 2006 for his services to drama.
Tributes have started pouring in online, with “Harry Potter” author J. K. Rowling tweeting that he was “an incredible talent, a complete one off.”
“I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago. I was awe/terror/love struck all at the same time. Such depth, power & talent,” Stephen Fry, his co-star in the British comedy TV series “Alfresco”, tweeted.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praised his “range and depth”, calling his death “very sad news.”
Coltrane is survived by his sister, his children and their mother.